Regional Classifications

The Pacific Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System 2017 (PACHS17)

The PACHS17 forms the basis for Customs Tariffs and International Merchandise Trade Statistics and has been derived from the World Customs Organisation’s (WCO's) HS. PACHS17 enables all SPC and OCO member countries that are at different levels of implementing WCOs HS17 adopt a common benchmark and better reflect goods exported and imported by the Pacific region using a standardized system of names and codes.

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The Pacific Standard Classification of Occupations (PACSCO) 2016


The PACSCO 2016 is a regional classification of occupations and jobs common in Pacific Islands Countries and Territories. It is the first regional classification of occupations and has been developed to better reflect the world of work in the Pacific region, whilst at the same time facilitate comparison of occupation statistics regionally and internationally. Derived from the International Standard Classification of Occupations 2008, it includes a number of occupations that are unique but significant to the Pacific region.

A major use of PACSCO 2016 will be for classifying occupation information collected in population censuses and other surveys. It can also be used for designing training programmes to match skill requirements in the labour market.

The classification is contained in two volumes:

Volume 1 presents the structure and definitions of all groups in the PACSCO 2016. Volume 2 contains the index of occupational titles.

Pacific Standard Industrial Classification (PACSIC) 2014

The PACSIC 2014 is a regional classification of all productive activities undertaken in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). It has been derived from the United Nations (UN) International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Revision 4.

Its main purpose is to provide PICTs a coherent and consistent classification structure of activity categories based on a set of internationally agreed concepts, definitions, principles and classification for use in the collection and reporting of statistics according to kind of economic activity in the fields of economic and social statistics.

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Pacific Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (PACCOICOP) 2012


PACCOICOP 2012 has been derived from the United Nations (UN) Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP) which is a classification of expenditure according to purpose. Necessary modifications have been made to PACCOICOP 2012 to meet regional requirements and this has been done without disturbing the framework of the UN COICOP so that international comparisons can be made. This is the first regional classification for PICTs and shows household consumption on food, clothing, housing, health and education, all of which are important indicators of national welfare.

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